Blink-182 to Tour with My Chemical Romance

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Tom DeLonge / Gerard Way (Photo: Chelsea Lauren/WireImage, DeLonge; Misha Vladimirskiy, Way)
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With a comeback album slated to be released later this year, pop-punk vets Blink-182 will hit the road for a mammoth summer tour - and they've enlisted plenty of A-list help for the 40-date trek, which kicks off August 5 in Holmdel, NJ, and wraps up on October 15 in San Diego, CA. My Chemical Romance will join Blink-182 for the entire string of dates, while Rancid, Manchester Orchestra, and Matt and Kim will sign on for select stops. Check out complete dates here.

"These are our biggest shows yet," Blink's singer-guitarist Tom DeLonge tells SPIN. "Our last [reunion] tour was by far the biggest thing we've ever done and I think our new record warrants the growth of the band. You know, we've achieved so much more than we've ever imagined, so even if, like, three people show up for the shows, we'll say, 'Wow, that was quite a ride.'"

DeLonge says the band will be debuting new material at each date and that Blink's songs have a "stadium rock sensibility." "I don't want to spit out song titles, but the new stuff builds a lot more. The songs have intros, crescendos, and things that lend themselves to great lighting and loud volume. It's not orthodox punk at all."

Before reuniting in 2008, DeLonge, singer-bassist Mark Hoppus, and drummer Travis Barker focused on side-projects. DeLonge recorded albums with Angels and Airwaves, while Hoppus and Barker teamed up for +44. The time apart helped them discover new musical influences, which have inspired the band's bold, arena-ready sound. "We have different skill-sets," says DeLonge. "Travis is the only guy that can play crazy hip-hop beats but he can also play faster than Slayer. And Mark is the indie rock king. We have a really great mix of our three talents, and what I'm really excited about is how these songs are built for such massive venues."

Honda will be sponsoring the tour, as part of the 10th anniversary of their annual Honda Civic tours, which featured Blink-182 in its inaugural year.Tickets go on-sale starting June 10 via Ticketmaster and Live Nation. An early sale of tickets is available via Honda Civic Tour's Facebook page.

Blink-182 and My Chemical Romance Tour Dates
8/5, Holmdel, NJ (PNC Bank Arts Center) *
8/6, Wantagh, NY (Nikon Theatre at Jones Beach) *
8/7,Wantagh, NY (Nikon Theatre at Jones Beach ) #
8/9, Boston, MA (Comcast Center) *
8/11, Buffalo, NY (Darien Lake Performing Arts Center) *
8/12, Washington, DC (Jiffy Lube Live) *
8/13, Hershey, PA (Hershey Park Pavilion) *
8/14, Hartford, CT (The Comcast Theatre) *
8/19, St. Louis, MO (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre) *
8/20, Chicago, IL (First Midwest Bank Pavilion) *
8/21, Cincinnati, OH (Riverbend Music Center) *
8/23, Milwaukee, WI (Marcus Amphitheater) *
9/1, Seattle, WA (White River Amphitheater) +
9/3, Salt Lake City, UT (USANA Amphitheater) +
9/4, Denver, CO (Comfort Dental Amphitheater) +
9/7, Minneapolis, MN (Xcel Center) &
9/8, Des Moines, IA (Wells Fargo Arena) #
9/9, Kansas City, MO (Sandstone Amphitheater) &
9/10, Indianapolis, IN (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre) &
9/11, Detroit, MI (DTE Energy Music Centre) &
9/13, Cleveland, OH (Blossom Music Center) &
9/15, Pittsburgh, PA (First Niagara Pavilion) &
9/16, Saratoga, NY (SPAC) &
9/17, Philadelphia, PA (Susquehanna Bank Center) &
9/18, Virginia Beach, VA (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre) &
9/20, Charlotte, NC (Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheater) &
9/21, Atlanta, GA (Lakewood Amphitheater) &
9/23, Miami, FL (Cruzan Amphitheater) &
9/24, Tampa, FL (1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre) &
9/26, Houston, TX (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion) &
9/27, Dallas, TX (Gexa Energy Pavilion) &
9/29, Albuquerque, NM (Journal Pavilion) &
9/30, Phoenix, AZ (Tempe Beach Park Amphitheatre) & x
10/1, Anaheim, CA (Honda Center) &
10/2, Sacramento, CA (Sleep Train Amphitheatre) &
10/4, Concord, CA (Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord) &
10/5, San Francisco, CA (Shoreline Amphitheatre) &
10/7, Las Vegas, NV (Red Rock Resort, Spa & Casino) &
10/8, Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood Bowl) &
10/15, San Diego, CA (Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre) &

* denotes dates with Manchester Orchestra
+ denotes dates with Rancid
& denotes dates with Matt & Kim
# denotes dates with support TBA
x denotes dates without My Chemical Romance

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